Africa

FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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UNOCHA Report Highlights Humanitarian Assistance to Climate-Related Emergencies [viewed]

29 May 2012: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has released the annual report of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which provides coordinated humanitarian response to countries in crises. The report highlights that climate-related emergencies tops all categories of humanitarian assistance, with $149 million provided in financial assistance. 

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UNEP Launches African Ozone Protection Award [viewed]

22 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), through its OzonAction Programme, have launched the Ozone Protection Award to provide customs and law enforcement officials in Africa the opportunity to provide descriptions and details of specific actions aimed at preventing illegal trade in ozone depleting substance (ODS) and ODS equipment.

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UNEP Risoe Reports on Technology Needs Assessment Training [viewed]

UNEP Risoe24 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) has released the fourth volume of its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Newsletter, which features articles on: TNA training and capacity building activities; and country experiences from Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius and the Dominican Republic.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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UNEP Reports on Climate Finance Activities in ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP29 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released the May issue of its Update on carbon finance activities undertaken under the “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries Project.” Activities highlighted include: the redefinition of the institutional framework for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cuba; and an update on activities in the Pacific region.

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Event: Workshop on Financing and Investments in Mitigation Actions in West Africa [viewed]

This workshop, sponsored by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Business Climate Facility, aims to bring together high-level decision makers and experts to examine bottlenecks to developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) activities in the region, in order to scale-up renewable energy and energy efficiency so as to increase access to modern energy services. Specifically, the workshop will: adopt an Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) regional action plan and roadmap to promote NAMA capacities in ECOWAS Members States; and create an ECREEE climate change facility to coordinate NAMA activities at the regional level and leverage finance.  

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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UNFCCC Workshop Considers Options and Ways for Increasing Ambition [viewed]

21 May 2012: The Workshop on increasing the level of ambition under paragraph 8 of decision 1/CP.17 aimed to consider options and ways for increasing ambition and possible further actions to bridge the gap between the sum of current pledges to curb emissions and what is required by 2020 to limit global average temperature increase to 2ºC.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Governance, Tenure and Corruption [viewed]

23 May 2012: The May issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter contains several articles on governance, tenure and anti-corruption measures related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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